Friday, 22 May 2015

Long Haul Flight Skincare Routine

I recently flew to NYC and, stupidly, did absolutely nothing to treat my skin during the flight. A shocking confession from a beauty blogger, I know. Nothing was applied to my skin skin before, during or after my flight and I suffered majorly as a result. From the moment I stepped off the plane, my skin was dull, dry and flaky for an entire week. It took nightly applications of the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, as well as an Elizabeth Arden Signature facial and Dermalogica facial to get my skin back to normal.

So, as you would expect, everything changed when it came to flying home. This time I stepped on-board prepared, and, thanks to a solid skincare routine and arsenal of amazing skincare products, I was able to keep my skin in perfect condition.

Before I had even arrived at the airport, I consumed a liter of water and drank another during my flight. Once the plane took off, I got to work applying my skin saviours. I started with the Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum (£30.00 Harvey Nichols / $30.00 ULTA). This super serum has an interesting thick, gel-like texture that applies very easily and dries quicker than anything I've ever known - it also hydrates the skin as quickly as it absorbs. I then applied a rich facial oil to give my skin a serious moisture boost. I used the Soapwalla Restorative Face Serum ($48.00, as it contains rosehip seed oil, carrot seed oil and apricot kernel oil, which keep skin deeply moisturised, soft and supple. I finished up by applying my favourite Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream (£90.00 Space NK / $120.00 Barneys) to my eye area. To ensure my skin remained hydrated throughout the flight, I spritzed it with the Soapwalla Hydrating Facial Toning Mist (£38.00 every hour.

If you are catching a long haul flight in the near future, I would recommend doing a similar skincare routine. You don't have to use the products above - although I can't recommend them enough - but you do have to keep your skin well moisturised and hydrated (both inside and out) throughout your flight. You skin will thank you for it!


Win: One Of Three Burt's Bees Cleansing Sets

Burt's Bees is one of my favourite American beauty brands, as it is affordable, 99% natural and great at treating the skin.

Burt's Bees hero products include the Beewax Lip Balm, Almond & Milk Hand Cream, Peppermint Foot Lotion and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. However, for me, Burt's Bees cleansers are the highlight of the entire range. I love them so much, that I've teamed up with the brand to give three of you the chance to win a cleansing set. Made up of four skin-cleansing classics, the set is worth over £40.00 and even includes the amazing Beewax Lip Balm!

Burt's Bees competition

The first cleanser in the set is the Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. Made with orange oil, soap bark extract and olive oil, this cleanser deeply cleans the skin, leaving it problem-free and super soft. Next up is the Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub; an 100% natural scrub that gently exfoliates the skin without causing irritation. The set also includes the Facial Cleansing Towelettes With White Tea Extract, for speedy makeup removal, as well as the Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. This gentle cleanser is perfect for acne-prone skin, as it contains aloe and menthol which help to soothe skin and reduce inflammation.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Audre Lorde

"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect"

Audre Lorde quote


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Tuesday Tip: Achieve Maximum Benefits From A Face Mask

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant review

Whether my skin is dull, dehydrated or breaking out, I will raid my face mask drawer for a quick skin fix. Quality face masks are great at treating specific skin concerns, however did you know that a mask can be even more effective if the skin is prepped properly before use? Well it can, and exfoliation is key.

Angela, a Skin Therapist from the Dermalogica Skin Centre in Soho, NYC, explains that exfoliating your skin before using a mask is essential, as it removes both the dirt and dead skin cells blocking your pores. Once your skin is fully unblocked, a face mask can properly get to work, penetrating the skin much deeper to help deliver maximum benefits.

One of my favourite exfoliators is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (£41.75 / $54.00 ULTA). It is a rice-based powder exfoliator that requires water to activate it. It is the perfect exfoliator to use before applying a face mask, as it deeply - but gently - cleanses the skin.


Review: Caption Nail Polish

Caption Nail Polish review

The Promise: "Caption Polish is a next generation nail polish with LacQ3 Technology. It air dries 3 times faster than traditional nail polish without a UV light, wears with gel durability, and removes without soaking"

The Price: $12.00 10ml

The Stockist:

The Colour: Dark purple

The Application: This Caption nail polish, named Never Ask Permission, applies like an absolute dream, thanks to its amazing brush. Unlike most nail polish brushes, Caption brushes are flat with rounded edges, making it easy to cover the entire nail with just one stroke.

Caption polishes have a quality formula that applies evenly and dries very quickly. The polish I used is so highly pigmented that I could get away with applying just one coat.
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